Readers will recall that one of the most important periods of reform in New York history was spurred by the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of March, 1911: in the wake of this horror, protective labor legislation was passed at a frenzied pace, informed by the State Factory Investigating Commission and shepherded through the legislature by Assemblyman Alfred E. Smith and Senator Robert F. Wagner.
It is a tragic, even shameful irony that the Empire State’s major initiative for improving one aspect of its health care infrastructure was to be inspired by another, less well known conflagration. On February 18, 1923, only seven weeks after Al Smith was inaugurated for his second tenure as governor, a fire at a hospital for the mentally ill on Ward’s Island in New York killed twenty-four patients and three state employees. Continue reading
Author Joel Paul is set to give a lecture on John Marshall at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in Manhattan on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30 pm.
“Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall & His Times” will focus on John Marshall, who as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States. Continue reading
Author Eileen McGough is set to give a talk on Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot, on Wednesday, February 28th, at 6:30 pm at the American Irish Historical Society.
Diarmuid (Jeremiah) Lynch, a native of Tracton, was at the heart of the 1916 Easter Rising.
A lecture on the history of Foley Square in New York City is set for February 27th, at 6:30 pm at the NYC Bar Association (42 W. 44th St. NYC).
“History of Foley Square: New York Legal Landmarks & Civic Reform” will feature speakers who will discuss how Foley Square came to be surrounded by State and Federal courthouses and other buildings. Continue reading
The Historic Districts Council has announced their Annual Preservation Conference is set for Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, at New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York.
This day-long Conference will dive into a range of topics and of-the-moment campaigns to preserve communities and sites throughout the city, with sessions led by the participants themselves. Continue reading
The Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City has announced a lecture on the First Founding Father: Richard Henry Lee and the Call to Independence has been set for Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm.
Harlow Giles Unger will describe the life and career of Richard Henry Lee, the first Founding Father to call for American Independence from Britain. Unger will show how Lee masterminded the political and diplomatic victories that ensured Washington’s military victory. Continue reading
One item in The New York History Blog‘s “New York History Around the Web This Week” for January 19 was the new Report of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.
This is the report of the commission appointed by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio last fall amid the controversy surrounding Confederate statues. The mayor charged the commission with coming up with recommendations about potentially controversial monuments and statues in New York City.
The commission held five public meetings, attended by more than 500 people, and received over 3,000 comments via an online survey. Continue reading
Preservation Long Island has invited the public to an afternoon lecture by curator and decorative arts specialist Jeannine Falino followed by light refreshments and lively discussion.
The lecture, Dilatory Domiciles: New York’s Gilded Elite on Long Island is set for Saturday, January 27, at 4pm, at the Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay. Continue reading
The Historic Districts Council (HDC) in New York City has announced their 2018 Six to Celebrate.
Six to Celebrate annually identifies six historic NYC neighborhoods that merit preservation. These will be priorities for HDC’s advocacy and consultation over a yearlong period. This years Six to Celebrate are as follows: Continue reading
The National Park Service (NPS) is in the process of preparing a Stonewall National Monument park management planning document, and is asking for input from the community.
To participate in this effort, the public is invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 6:30 pm at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center located at 208 W 13 Street, New York, NY. Continue reading